$64m Escravos Power Projects Achieved By Dialogue, Says Delta Deputy Gov
$64m Escravos Power Projects Achieved By Dialogue, Says Delta Deputy Gov – Delta State deputy governor, Kingsley Otuaro, yesterday said that the recent approval of $64 million by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for power projects in Escravos and environs in Warri South-West council was the result of persistent dialogue.
The deputy governor said in Warri yesterday that the power projects indicated the Federal Government’s commitment to adding value to the Niger Delta.
Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, had said that the electricity project would stop the N18 million spent monthly by the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to provide power to the area.
Otuaro described the power projects as a sign of better things to come in the Niger Delta, adding that they would provide a conducive environment for learning and boost business activities that need electric power for sustenance when completed.
While appealing to stakeholders to provide a conducive atmosphere for prompt execution of the project, he said that the Ifeanyi Okowa-led Delta government “is grateful” to the Federal Government for approving the project.
Otuaro harped on the need for dialogue with the government in the quest for development, as the Federal Government initiated the project following agitations by Ijaw and Itsekiri communities in the Escravos area.
He said a steering committee, initially headed by the Vice President Namadi Sambo, signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the project before the Goodluck Jonathan administration wound up.
Otuaro expressed gratitude to the Pere of Gbaramatu Kingdom, the Olu of Warri Kingdom and others whose efforts contributed to the recent FEC approval of the project.
He appealed to stakeholders to rededicate themselves to dialogue towards the birthing of more projects in the area.